As Stacey Abrams prepares for a federal lawsuit in an effort to reform the electoral process after defeat in the Georgia Governor’s race, she urged Hollywood execs who protested her loss not to boycott the state, which has become the hub for movie production.
“I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support #FairFightGA – but please do not #boycottgeorgia. The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews & make a living here are not to blame. I promise: We will fight – and we will win,” she tweeted Saturday.
Abrams was responding to a viral tweet by “Veep” and “Succession” executive producer Frank Rich that circulated widely on social media calling for Hollywood to boycott the state if Secretary of State Brian Kemp won as Governor especially after mounting claims of voter suppression, Yahoo reported.
“If Kemp wins in Georgia, Hollywood should put its money where its mouth is and pull all production out of the state,” Rich wrote.
Abrams pushed back asking Rich not to call for a boycott.
“Thank you @frankrichny – but the Georgians who make a living & take care of their families through entertainment are not to blame for the gross mismanagement of our democracy here in Georgia. We will hold folks accountable. Please lift up #FairFightGA as the call to action.”
As for Kemp, he plans to continue to support the film tax credit but won’t be taking advice from Hollywood on how to run the state.
Abrams preparing for another fight
Just to be clear: Stacey Abrams may have narrowly lost Georgia’s governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp, but she is not done with politics, according to the Huffington Post.
On Sunday, just two days after Abrams conceded to Kemp, she vowed to run for office again. The Democrat and former minority leader of Georgia’s House of Representatives, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union that she intends to take a long break to regroup but will most certainly come back fighting.
“I’m going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again,” Abrams told CNN. “I’m not sure for what and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap, but once I do, I’m planning to get back into the ring.”